Stafford Lloyd, the lead design engineer behind the revolutionary hydrogen cell powered Rasa car from Riversimple, comes to Plymouth to speak about the future of transport, digital and the circular economy.
The free event – Closing the Circle – a debate and presentation – will be held at Devonport Guildhall on Thursday evening 16 June at 6.30pm. In addition to talking about the design behind the Rasa car, the event will also focus on the growing problems associated with transport; from productivity to congestion and from health to climate change. The event will also ask how advances in digital are not only leading to new technological innovations, but also social and economic innovations around ideas of the ‘circular economy’ – how waste is eliminated at the product design stage, and the ‘sharing economy’, made increasingly popular through platforms such as Airbnb.
Joining RiverSimple, and to celebrate National Bike Week, will be circular economy expert Mark Hodgson from the Exeter based transport sharing platform and car club: Co-Cars and Co-Bikes, who will bring one of their new e-bikes, which could become a feature in the city. The event will also feature Martin Howitt data expert from the Devon Open Data Node and senior IT architect working with transport at Bristol City Council.
The event is being supported by the Real Ideas Organisation (RIO) and the team behind the Market Hall development in Devonport.
Ed Whitelaw from RIO said, “We’re interested in ‘social tech’; how technologies can provide new solutions to old problems.”
“We’re also interested in bringing energy to what’s not being done here in Plymouth. Locally our digital industries are increasingly buoyant and while companies such as Apple are pioneering work around circularity, it’s not something we’re talking about enough in the region.”
Closing the Circle – digital, transport & the circular economy, featuring leading expert in digital technologies and automotive design is free to attend, open to all and will be held Thursday 16 June at 6:30pm at Devonport Guildhall. Tickets can be booked here.
You can find out more about the Market Hall by visiting their website.
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